Today’s haiku is by Elsa Clair.
The other day I was at physical therapy, trying to solve some persistent back and hip problems. In the course of our conversation, we discussed my daily walks with the dogs. “Do you stretch before you go?” the therapist asked.
I do. In fact, the dogs know as soon as I start stretching that a walk is imminent; it’s hard to balance while getting the quads in gear with a 74-pound hound in the way. A calf stretch becomes a little more challenging when an excited Lilah decides that’s the best time to lick your face, as a reminder in case you forgot you were going to take the dogs for a walk.
The therapist also suggested that I stretch my back every time I get up from a sitting position.
That’s when I realized my dogs and cats are much more in tune with their bodies than I am. Every time they wake up from a nap, every last one of them yawns and stretches one way, then another.
I started watching my pets, and I found they stretch throughout the day. Because it pays to be prepared, to make sure your muscles are warm and ready. You never know when you’ll have to run across the house at full speed to bark at the UPS truck pulling in the driveway. Or a moth may flutter it’s way into the light of the house and you’ll need to get it.
Do your pets have special stretches?
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